The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

Using SBIRT when Intimate Partner Violence has been Disclosed

Free webinar produced in partnership with The BIG InitiativeNational SBIRT ATTC, and NORC


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Substance use and the experience of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) are often seen together. Furthermore, the temporal relationship between IPV and substance use is bidirectional: substance use can put individuals at increased risk of experiencing IPV in a relationship and individuals experiencing IPV are at risk of using substances and developing substance use disorders. While continued research is needed, it seems evident that at some point following a disclosure of IPV, individuals should be screened for substance use.

SBIRT, an evidence based approach to assess risk levels associated with substance use, employing a brief intervention with at risk use, may be influential in improving the safety and health of individuals experiencing IPV, as well as preventing the development of substance use disorders. This brief intervention also supports women identified in high-risk substance use categories with harm reduction strategies and when appropriate, referrals for substance use treatment.

This webinar will discuss the context for introducing SBIRT when intimate partner violence has been disclosed. We will address its use in different clinical settings and important considerations before implementing SBIRT with individuals who have disclosed IPV. Considerations and limitations of the model for use with IPV will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will understand:
  • Understand the appropriate use of SBIRT as a screening tool and an intervention for at risk substance use in practice settings;
  • Gain a better understanding of the relationship between experiencing IPV and the use of substances; and
  • Discuss the implementation of SBIRT in different practice settings when IPV has been disclosed.

Michele Beaulieu, LCSW-C

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Ms. Beaulieu is a licensed clinical social worker and has spent her professional career working in the fields of intimate partner violence and women’s health. She currently works for the University of Maryland School of Social Work overseeing two federal grants working to increase competency of graduate social work students in behavioral health and SBIRT.  Prior to this position she worked at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as the Coordinator for Project Connect, a project to build collaborations between the public health and domestic violence fields, training reproductive health professionals how to screen and provide a brief intervention for intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion to their patients. Michele also worked for 7 years as the clinic social worker for the Women’s Health clinic at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Previous to this, she worked for 17 years as a domestic violence advocate/counselor. 


Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago